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June 21, 2012

I was 5 years old when my mother was first affected with mental illness. She was hospitalized long term twice during those 50 years of dealing with the illness. Being young, the only explanation I was given was that my mother suffered a nervous break down. It wasn't until one of my younger brothers was stricken with schizoaffective disorder did I find NAMI. He was constantly suicidal and I wanted to help but I just did not know how. Through NAMI's Family to Family Education Class I learned a lot about these illnesses and how to deal with crisis. I acquired communication skills, amongst many other tools for coping and helping my brother. I saw how valuable NAMI was to me and I got involved in "giving back" to help others who were coming up behind me. NAMI has so many different support groups and education classes to help all people affected with a mental illness. Our state office does everything they can do to support the local affiliates, by way of trainings and advocacy work at the state capitol. I appreciate the entire organization.

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Life-changing

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2012

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My husband and spent more than 15 years feeling alone and desperate in our quest to help our adult daughter who suffers from severe and persistent mental illness. On the recommendation of a girlfriend who had attended herself, we enrolled in Family-To-Family in 2009 and it was a life-changing experience for us. We encouraged our daughter to attend Peer-To-Peer, which she did. Although our journey is continues with its twists and turns, we are unquestionably a healthier family because we are empowered with knowledge -- about the disease and how to fight for her when she lacks the voice to fight for herself. After attending the class, I became a teacher of Family-to-Family, and subsequently a Board member of my local Orlando affiliate. It's the only way I know to give back to NAMI who strengthened my marriage and my family.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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June 21, 2012

For several years I have been a board member for a local NAMI affiliate and it has been my pleasure to work with NAMI Florida in our efforts to improve the professionalism within our affiliate. Although I fully appreciate the "grass roots" efforts for decades, our board was having difficulties recruiting board members, instructors, and folks with special talents to enhance the organization. Out comes the Standards of Excellence and, with NAMI Florida's guidance, we now are moving ahead with confidence, our fundraising efforts have excelled, and the calliber of our board members has brought us to new levels. We have formed great partnerships and are now much more able to provide the signature NAMI programs to our community. From an organizational standpoint, instructor training standpoint, and personal standpoint --they are there to support us. We thank them, NAMI Florida is the wind beneath our wings!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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